Ripple’s XRP token is in the crypto news today for losing a momentum as of lately. The altcoin was the second largest crypto asset a couple of weeks ago by a good margin. However, at the moment it cannot seem to get out of second gear as Ethereum streaks ahead and is increasing its lead.
In today’s market-wide crypto rally, XRP has managed to gain 2% which took it to $0.307 at press time. However, Ripple is down over 5% on the month while other cryptocurrencies have been making better gains.
There have been a lot of questions about XRP’s market cap and the possible manipulation. Currently, it is being reported that the market cap will continue to decrease compared to Ethereum’s which is now dominating.
All of this is largely attributed to the news last week which showed that the Wall Street giant JP Morgan intends to launch its own digital count – drawing a big reaction in the crypto sphere. Many analysts have said that this could be Ripple’s largest rival and may even spell the end for it.
According to the Bloomberg business editor Joe Weisenthal:
“If it turns out that the Blockchain/Coin framework turns out to be a good one for banks transferring money around, then the JPM Coin should absolutely obliterate Ripple.”
The arguments that the newly released JPMCoin (which will be pegged to the dollar ) could replace Ripple are still strong, stating that this is a huge slap for Ripple and its cross-border payments and remittances.
Ripple’s boss, Brad Garlinghouse, doesn’t think so. As he tweeted:
As predicted, banks are changing their tune on crypto. But this JPM project misses the point – introducing a closed network today is like launching AOL after Netscape’s IPO. 2 years later, and bank coins still aren’t the answer https://t.co/39EAiSJwAz https://t.co/e7t7iz7h21— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) February 14, 2019
Right now, it remains to be seen if Ripple is going to fight back in the short term. Besides that, it appears unlikely that another centralized stablecoin will do so much damage to XRP. The only bad scenario right now is that banks continue developing their own in-house solutions rather than working with XRP, which is kind of disappointing for Ripple and its business model.
MoneyGram And Ripple Extend Their Partnership With $11.3 Million
"MoneyGram continued to expand its strategic partnership with Ripple as the first money transfer company to scale the use of blockchain capabilities."Nothing in the SEC filings state what Ripple's investment will be used for. Still, MoneyGram's agreement with Ripple has previously allowed it to use XRP and its blockchain product named ODL (On-Demand Liquidity) to facilitate cross-border payments.
"[MoneyGram] is compensated by Ripple for developing and bringing liquidity to foreign exchange markets, facilitated by Ripple's blockchain, and providing a reliable level of foreign exchange trading activity. The Company expects that this partnership, at scale, will reduce our working capital needs and generate additional earnings and cash flows."MoneyGram and Ripple already were in a financial tie. The two firms announced their partnership back in January 2018 when MoneyGram decided to integrate XRP into its payment system. In June 2019, we saw that the two firms entered into a partnership to collaborate on cross-border payments and foreign exchange settlements with digital assets. The blockchain news then showed that Ripple followed through with a $50 million investment, completed in November. Despite the close working relationship, not all money transfer methods are being handled by Ripple. Reports recently showed that MoneyGram unveiled FastSend, a service which allows for real-time money sending based on Visa. While Ripple is doing good by expanding its partnerships and actively improving its blockchain, the token is falling down just like many other altcoins. Right now, the Ripple news and XRP updates show that the coin is in a 8.33% decline, going to new levels at $0.2438 in the wake of a major selloff which occurred on the markets overnight. The total cryptocurrency market today is at $261 billion.
XRP Traders Turn Bullish, Price Could Reach $0.46: Analysis
“#Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said that stressing compliance is key to getting bankers on board with #crypto. We don't need bankers to get involved in the crypto. Maybe he and his company do, but the space doesn't. Crypto doesn't need banks, because crypto will replace them.”Brad Garlinghouse was in an interview when he commented that there are too many crypto assets out there. There are about 3,000 different digital assets that are trading on a daily basis.
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